In 2010 I returned to Australia and became the first female CEO of the Australia-Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry. I continued to spend a lot of time travelling to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, working with government officials and other chambers of commerce to create opportunities for trade between Australia and the MENA region.
By 2013, I had more than a decade of international experience across a variety of sectors and it became clear to me that there has never been a better time for companies of all sizes to work internationally. But I also realised that despite the enormous opportunities to use international business to make the world a better place, there was a huge lack of knowledge and capacity – other people could also see the opportunities that I saw, but they didn’t know how to access them.
This realisation was catalyst for me to create my own company, Dearin & Associates in 2013. I wanted to empower companies (especially smaller companies) to succeed internationally and to create the international impact that they dreamed of.
I started with a specific focus on the MENA region and we have evolved our offering to cover multiple countries since then. These days, our core team are located in Australia (East and West Coast), San Francisco and Chennai. We also have associates in a number of other countries including the UK, Austria and the UAE.